HB 472  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2023 SESSION

23-0550

10/04

 

HOUSE BILL 472

 

AN ACT relative to the placement of temporary seasonal docks.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Crawford, Carr. 3; Rep. J. MacDonald, Carr. 6; Rep. Rung, Hills. 12; Sen. Fenton, Dist 10

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits a wetlands permitting exception for temporary seasonal docks which impact any wildlife species, threatened species, or endangered species in accordance with the endangered species conservation act.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

23-0550

10/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Three

 

AN ACT relative to the placement of temporary seasonal docks.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Wetlands; Permitting; Temporary Seasonal Docks.  Amend RSA 482-A:3, IV-a(a) to read as follows:

IV-a.(a) Temporary seasonal docks installed on any lake or pond shall be exempt from the permitting requirements of this section, provided that a notification is sent to the department by the owner of property that includes the name and address of the property owner, a copy of the deed for the property on which the dock is to be installed, the municipality, the waterbody, tax map and lot number on which the proposed dock will be located, and plans of the waterfront and structure to be installed showing that the requirements of this paragraph will be met. To qualify for an exemption under this paragraph, a seasonal dock shall be:

(1) The only docking structure on the frontage;

(2) Constructed to be removed during the non-boating season;

(3) Removed from the lake bed for a minimum of 5 months of each year;

(4) Configured to be narrow, rectangular, and erected perpendicular to the shoreline of a lake or pond;

(5) No more than 6 feet wide and no more than 40 feet long if the water body is 1,000 acres or larger, or no more than 30 feet long if the water body is less than 1,000 acres in size;

(6) Located on a parcel of land that has 75 feet or more of shoreline frontage;

(7) Located at least 20 feet from an abutting property line or the imaginary extension of the property line over the water;

(8) Installed in a manner which requires no modification, regrading, or recontouring of the shoreline, such as installation of a concrete pad for construction of a hinged dock;

(9) Installed in a manner which complies with RSA 483-B; [and]

(10)  Installed in a location that is not in, or adjacent to, an area that has been designated as a prime wetland in accordance with RSA 482-A:15[.] and

(11)  Prohibited from being placed in an area that will impact any wildlife species, threatened species, or endangered species in accordance with the endangered species conservation act, RSA 212-A.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.